Tennessee State Museum, Nashville

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Featuring special sections dedicated to Native American cultures, colonial explorers, and European settlers, Tennessee State Museum offers history buffs of all ages an entertaining and educational insight into the state's colorful past. With more than 5,500 sq m (60,000 sq ft) of permanent exhibits, this is Nashville's largest museum, featuring a vast collection of uniforms, weapons, and flags from the Civil War. The museum also houses some of history's quirkier artifacts, like a hat Andrew Jackson wore for his presidential inauguration, Davy Crockett's powder horn, and a wine chest used by Mexican President Santa Ana. The museum store offers handmade crafts and jewelry, as well as Tennessee-themed magnets, posters, mugs, and caps. Work out when and for how long to visit Tennessee State Museum and other Nashville attractions using our handy Nashville online trip builder.
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  • We found the museum so interesting about the Civil War. We had no idea that this area was involved like it was. Good learning lesson. 
    We found the museum so interesting about the Civil War. We had no idea that this area was involved like it was. Good learning lesson.  more »
  • Googled "Free indoor children's playgrounds" and the museum showed up for the children's area. Children's area has a giant floor map of TN, train table, farmer's market, dress up area. books, play... 
    Googled "Free indoor children's playgrounds" and the museum showed up for the children's area. Children's area has a giant floor map of TN, train table, farmer's market, dress up area. books, play...  more »
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  • A free museum is always a win for me, especially on a day with less than nice weather. This state museum was well done and covered the geological origins all the way to current history. Many interesting artifacts to see and exhibits to wander through. The way through wasn’t always intuitive but it was a nice space. You can walk there from the capitol and the Farmers Market.
  • This new location is great! There are now more historic items and monuments than previous location. It was definitely a place for anyone coming here. Tennessee has changed dramatically over the past 20 years. Images and relics were inspiring and something to be remembered.

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